Sparks

Winter Solstice 2020

Winter Solstice 2020 By M.A. Dooley To re-build beauty we split the wood Don’t split the hairs, it does no good   To build more beauty, we light the flame The kindling catches, we say the names   Of those we love who went beyond They shaped our lives, they’re never gone   Reflection first, then put it away Forgive, don’t forget, make up one day   Let go the work, the world of greed The rules of day, the ego needs   Gathered in darkness wait for the light Beauty glows on faces this fire lit night   The circle round holds hearts and dreams, Tears fall for loves no longer seen   The year was wrought with judging and pain Hindsight 2020 the last refrain   Awake on the longest night, the fire Releases suffering and unmet desires   This invocation is for you, You represent your sisters…

Sparks

English as a First Language

English as a First Language By Ken Delpit If I could learn a foreign language that I currently do not know all that well, I might choose English. That’s silly, you might say. You’re writing in English now. What’s to learn? This is a legitimate question. Allow me to explain. My comprehension of English is OK much of the time. I can get by. Once in a while, it may approach pretty good. In disturbingly frequent other times, though, even moderate fluency is sadly lacking on my part. For example, I would like to learn the English spoken by people whom I do not understand. Crazy as their thoughts might be when heard by my ears, I would like to hear those thoughts through theirs. Or, among everyday geniuses, when people reveal astute perspectives or brilliant insights, I would love to grasp the language that gave rise to those sparks….